The Nuts and Bolts
Reality TV prison shows are now a major genre. Fear and shock is the main course. Since many inmates and prison staff watch such programs almost daily, with each new show it's as if life imitates art. Convicts and guards outdo each other in exaggerated mockeries of themselves.
Faith in the Big House challenges cable TV stereotypes, through it's editorial depth and intimacy. But equally important is the high production values on the technical end. Advanced sound technique and film-quality images deliver genuiness and warmth, not just predictable prison grittines.
As a result, Faith showcases the complex paradigm of prison ministry rather than just a cheap one-note echo of a prisoner's spiritual journey. Empathy and identification become truly possible.